After an historic 12-year, three-term run, change is set to take place in the city of Lansing — Nov. 7, 2017 will mark the conclusion of longtime Mayor Virg Bernero’s tenure in office, as two candidates face off for Lansing’s top job. After the general election, the city will welcome either At-Large City Council Member Judi Brown Clarke, Ph.D or State Rep. Andy Schor as the first new mayor in over a decade.
Schor and Clarke won the right to duke it out for the job following the Aug. 8 primary election; the two were among five contenders for city’s top job. Two dozen City Council hopefuls pushed the field to a record 29 candidates on the primary ballot. Despite stiff competition, only two candidates remain, and it’s up to the public to decide the fate of Lansing’s next mayor.
Both candidates are hopeful that their experiences in public office, the community and even sports will carry them to the finish line. When looking over the candidates, ask yourself – is this an important quality I think our new leader should have?
Judi Brown Clarke
- Diversity director for the National Science Foundation’s BEACON Center, Michigan State University; advisory board member, the International Advisory Committee for the Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics’ Center for the Evolution of the Elements
- Councilwoman at-large, past president and vice president, Lansing City Council
- Five-time national champion and silver medalist in the 400-Meter Hurdles, 1984 Olympic Games; Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportswoman of the Year; member, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Michigan State University Hall of Fame
- Bachelor’s degree in clinical audiology and speech science, Michigan State University; master’s degree in education, Michigan State University; doctorate in public policy and administration, Western Michigan University
- Currently serving his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing residents of the 68th
- Minority vice chair, House Committee on Commerce and Trade; member, House Education Committee; member, House Regulatory Reform Committee
- Ten-year tenure, Ingham County Commissioner
- Founding member, Ingham County Land Bank; board member, Tri-County Office of Aging and the South Lansing Community Development Association
- Bachelor’s degree in political science and history, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
The election will be held on Nov. 7 to decide the future of Lansing, yet the current term of office won’t end until Dec. 31. There’s still time to take a look at the experience of each candidate and consider how their decision making might impact your life. Or, if you’ve got a real soft spot in your heart, use this time to reflect on Mayor Bernero’s longstanding legacy and begin anticipating what’s to come for Lansing, as the city enters a new era.